Afternoon Heat Levels Creeping Up

| August 28, 2013 @ 6:21 am

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ANOTHER DRY DAY: Not quite as cool this morning across Alabama… Vic Bell up at Black Creek reports 61 degrees; first morning in a while with temperatures not in the 50s. Most locations are in the mid to upper 60s, and we rise into the 87-90 degree range this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine. Still amazing to note that Birmingham has reached 90 degrees on only five days this month, and hottest temperature was 91 degrees on August 12. The average high so far in August is 85.6 degrees, remarkably pleasant for Alabama.

REST OF THE WEEK: The weather stays dry tomorrow with a partly to mostly sunny sky; the high will be at or just over 90. Then, on Friday, moisture levels rise, and we will bring in the risk of widely scattered afternoon storms, mainly over the eastern half of the state. Low 90s are possible Friday afternoon.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We wrap up meteorological summer with pretty routine weather; partly sunny days, fair nights, and the risk of an afternoon/evening shower or storm in a few spots. The GFS continues to hint the most numerous showers or storms will be over the eastern side of the state, where the air aloft will be a little cooler. Highs over the weekend will be close to 90, with low 90s possible over West Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms could very well increase Monday and Monday night ahead of a surface boundary… the the 00Z GFS brings in a nice shot of drier, continental air into all of Alabama by late Tuesday and Wednesday with lower humidity and cooler nights. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights from Panama City over to Gulf Shores through Friday… a few scattered storms could show up this weekend, but still there will be a pretty decent amount of sunshine. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICAL WEATHER: A weak disturbance at the southern tip of Florida is not expected to get better organized. The wave to watch is in the deep tropics around 35W… while NHC doesn’t have that in a circle, I would not be surprised if that tries to get it’s act together in a few days. We will keep an eye on it.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For some high school teams, their first game of the season will be played tomorrow night; for those games the sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature in the mid 80s. Then, Friday evening, the chance of any one stadium seeing a brief shower or storm is in the 20 percent range; otherwise mostly fair with upper 80s at kickoff, with temperatures falling through the 80s during the games, reaching the upper 70s by the final whistle.

COLLEGE GAMES: Auburn will host Washington State Saturday evening (6:00 p.m. kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium; a brief shower or storm is possible during the first half… chance of a shower at the stadium is 30 percent. Otherwise, mostly fair with a kickoff temperature near 89 degrees, then dropping through the 80s during the game. Alabama won’t have to worry about weather since they play Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome, but for fans headed over for the game, Saturday in Atlanta will feature a mix of sun and clouds with a high around 90 degrees, and a few pop-up afternoon showers or storms are possible.

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